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April 2, 2011

Update: Quadruple stabbing at Bourbon Street Saturday morning; club to stay open Saturday night

Four men were stabbed early Saturday morning at Bourbon Street Live, and one of them, a 24-year-old, died from his injuries, police said. The others have been transported to area hospitals and are expected to survive.

The club will be open tonight, said a spokeswoman for one of the events on the club's schedule. 

The stabbings took place in the ballroom side of the Bourbon Street complex, which was offering all-you-can-drink specials for women. 

The Sun's Jill Rosen reports:

David Adams, one of the club's managers, said Saturday morning that the violence erupted in the ballroom where ladies night was happening. He declined to elaborate on what happened, but said the bar was immediately discontinuing the popular promotion.

Earlier that night, the club also hosted a "Zombie Strippers and Beer" event, which promised a "killer night." The promo video is here. David Adams, a manager at the club, said the "Ladies Night" event will be discontinued immediately.

There are two events scheduled for Saturday night, a demo release party for the band Echoes in the ballroom and a 4th anniversary party for the adult store Sugar in the Quarter.

Bourbon Street encompasses three spaces, The Ballroom, The Quarter, and The Terrace. The stabbing took place inside the ballroom.  

Kevin Hock, a publicist for the complex, did not know yet  - as of 2 p.m Saturday - if Bourbon Street would open Saturday night. But Wendy Fox, who runs the production company organizing the Sugar event, said the party is scheduled to go on as planned.

The Sugar party is open to the public. Fox said the club will provide security. 

It's not clear what kind of security Bourbon Street had on hand Friday night; Hock has not commented on it, and neither have police. The club is said to employ off-duty police, according to Crime Beat

Bourbon Street, open to 18-year-olds and over, hosts parties and mid-sized concerts regularly; the rapper Ice Cube recently performed there.

There have been incidents there in the past. In June, two Anne Arundel County men were charged with assaulting two other men at the club.

And, in January 2009, a police officer was assaulted there, and, in a separate incident, seven females were arrested, according to a liquor board filing from the time. 

In 2009, there were also at least nine counts of underage alcohol consumption violations, all from a single month that year. 

Adams, speaking with Jill Rosen, offered his condolences to the victims. The last status update on the club's Facebook page, dated Friday, reads: "Come down it's gonna be a wild one!"

Update:  Stephan Fogleman, chairman of the Baltimore Liquor Board, said it's too early to know how the stabbings will affect the club's liquor license. He noted a liquor board inspector was at the club last night but that the inspector's conclusions have not been reviewed yet.

it's likely, Fogleman said, the board will want to review the club's security plans. Typically, that would happen after police have finalized its own report.

Fogleman said the last time Bourbon Street appeared before the board was January 2010, when it was found not guilty of disturbing the peace after a party hosted by Girls Gone Wild where promoters encouraged women to bare their breasts.

In 2009, the club was found guilty and fined for underage alcohol consumption.

The club had strong security in the past, Fogleman said.

"I can say, based on prior experience before the board, they have fantastic security. They have hired off-duty deputy sheriffs. They frisk people. Their security is equal to or better than M&T Bank Stadium's. It's definitely a surprise that it happened there."

Update 2: The Echoes show has been rescheduled to April 8, the venue wrote on its website.  

Update 3: Full Bourbon Street Management press release, via owner Jim Temple:

Bourbon Street would like to offer our condolences to the victim in this case. Bourbon Street cannot comment about the particulars of the incident pending the results of the Police Department's investigation. Unfortunately, there seems to be a great deal of misinformation that seems to be surrounding the circumstances of that evening. For example, contrary to some reports security personnel that evening did the standard pat down commonly utilized at stadium entrances. These procedure and identification requirements were all videotaped by the venues surveillance system and has been reviewed by the Police Department.

Bourbon Street is a diverse building utilized by all segments of the community from country, electronic dance music, rock, Rhythm and blues to neo-soul. The building has a full concert and show calendar. The ladies night promotion has been a part of the building since it opened and has had little to no problems. However, effective immediately the ladies night promotion is discontinued. Although these events were precipitated by the actions of a minute number of individuals, we can not allow our core concert business to be affected by this type of situation. We do appreciate the 100,000+ customer’s who have attended and enjoyed our incident free Friday night promotion over the last three years.

Bourbon Street has and will cooperate fully with the Police Department and other governmental agencies. We will provide additional details and updates upon completion of the investigation.

Photo: Bourbon Street last year (Bourbon Street MySpace)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 3:03 PM | | Comments (21)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, News


what and who do we blame this time.......

is it the club....

the all you can drink special...



or is it just 4 young, in which at least one pulled a knife.

May the blame game begin.

i believe i should mention that one the most responsible bartenders i've EVER met in baltimore works/worked at this bar.

His name is jeff, and i am not sure he is still employed by Bourbon Street, but a couple months back he was talking to me about the legions of 18 year olds trying to drink in the venue, and how vigilant he had to remain to thwart their efforts. he expressed further concern for the welfare of his clients that really impressed me and , i believe, should be standard for those who bartend.

i think the club itself is lacking certain comforts and personality, and presents itself as a corporate-instead-of-baltimore-cultured-soulless shell, but i believe that's become the standard in baltimore larger venues, unfortunately.
at any rate , i am hoping the hospitalized victims recover soon, and that the place makes some adjustments to their security team and security efforts. i think even the slightest suggestion that the facebook advertisements for their promotions had anything to do with the crime are slightly problematic and best avoided because any club promotion can be taken out of context after the fact to seem foreboding. just sayin'.

I'd better stay open. Red and Black party tonight. Peter Murphy tomorrow. It's not like the club itself stabbed anyone! :P

This is a great club I hope people see past one incident!

"killer night"?

As an attendee of multiple Bourbon Street Events and the S.H.E. Productions events I am happy to hear that they are staying open. While the incident last night was a tragedy this venue has always had the most professional staffing, great bartenders and worked with top notch promoters and production companies. They have always done their absolute best to insure my safety and an enjoyable time and I look forward to attending the S.H.E. Productions event tonight.

It is a shame that violence has affected the reputation of Bourbon Street.

clubs don't kill people, people kill people. I've found security at this club the best I've ever seen in the Balt/Wash

wow. it would take a group of men to ruin Ladies Night smh >:-/

Leave it to trashy ghetto individuals to ruin the night for everyone. Of course everyone looks at the CLUB and not the misguided PEOPLE that caused this mess. Typical.

I actually love Burbon street, and I've been there several times without incident. I mean, the security isn't GREAT, but it could be better. Especially at raves.

I actually love Burbon street, and I've been there several times without incident. I mean, the security isn't GREAT, but it could be better. Especially at raves.

I don't go to Bourbon St very often but I did see Blue Oyster Cult there about a month ago. I bought tickets online, got there right as BOC was going on, and there was no one at the door. We literally walked right in the front door and couldn't find anyone to show our tickets to. I was later carded for a beer but that didn't seem like great security.

I was there this past monday for the noise in the basement show and it wasnt that crazy. The "security" was not much to be spoke for as noone even checked or looked at anything I or anyone else had.

I find this all rather ironic- when I go to Bourbon or the Rooftop on "urban" nights I get all as much as an anal check from really big dudes in really tight black tees. Last time I went Suga Bear was singing "Do'in da butt" good times

The security there seems to vary depending on the type of event. Unfortunately stereotypes exist for a reason. The security is stronger for more urban type events (thorough pat-down), and for many of the rock shows it is lighter (checking ID's but no pat-down). This being the case, the rock event was not where this tragic incident occured. I have been there many times for rock events and never felt unsafe, even though I was not patted down like I noticed people going into the event on the Ballroom side were.
And as for the "killer show" comment...that is a common expression for a great show, plus it went along with the whole zombie theme, and it was pure coincidence that something like this happened in the other room in the venue. I found it very distasteful that the Sun felt the need to mention it when it had nothing to do with the incident whatsoever.

I actually was in the club Friday night, and it had been a while since I had been in. 1st) The vibe inside the club was all wrong... people usually are too busy dancing and having a good time but it seemed like a fight was gonna break out every 20 min... plus it was packed with guys which was odd 2nd) Booze and letting 18 year olds in is a VERY BAD IDEA... don't care how responsible the bartenders are... Friday nights should be 21 and up. 3rd) they either need a stricter dress code or they need to stop letting guys in 10-12 deep.. Just some thoughts from a long time club goer who's done security in different places here and there..

I seem to recall a shooting at a club in Baltimore (select i think was the name) like 2 months ago where a police officer was killed and it didn't get this much attention!
Is it because that club is an all black club and Bourbon is prodominatly white so it makes a better story??

I was also atbourbon Friday (i go on a lot of fridays and some mondays) and have become friends with some of the staff. 1st of all Fridays are 21+, there were no fights, the crowd is always around 50% women and the only thing I can say about the vibe is that it didn't seem as busy as it normally is. I do agree on the dress code but I've been searched everytime I go on Friday nights.

How can anyone control the actions of others. The club did nothing wrong and now I have to find a new spot of Fridays.

And who are we kidding with these posts. You cannot compare a local rock show or a band that caters to a 40+ crowd to a hip hop night with like 900 people. This is Baltimore city.

One last thought, how come no one is talking about the people that did this.

LMAO @ fantastic security. The security at Bourbon sucks!!! I have been in there when people were obviously smoking pot and the "security" could not find the people doing it. I saw 3 immediately, it wasnt hard. They do pat downs but not very well and obviously miss a lot. I'm sorry for the victims in this but if the security had been doing their jobs this article would not have needed to be written. Its a big place so its hard to police every inch of it but frisking people at the door and checking all purses for weapons should be a top priority, especially with the urban crowd this place attracts.

I'm glad I have never stepped foot in this place, and never plan to either...

sounds like douchebag central

I remember the rooftop being pepper sprayed on one of the occasions I was there two summers ago- the owners are straight up perverts- college nights(thursdays) you would see 13-15 year old girls drunk in the club.... this club should be shut down...

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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